Goodwood Stakes

The Goodwood Stakes (Handicap) is the second oldest race still staged at the Glorious Goodwood Festival having first been run in 1823 in its current format. However, some might claim that it is the oldest race, since a Goodwood Stakes over 2 miles was staged at the 1811 meeting, a year before the inaugural running of the present day Goodwood Cup, while others would assert that a Goodwood Silver Cup was first held in 1808. It is a handicap for 3-year-olds and above over 2miles 5 furlongs, although it has fluctuated between 2 miles 5 furlongs and 2 miles throughout its history, and is currently contested over 2 miles 4 furlongs and 134 yards, making it a wonderful spectacle for the crowd, as it starts in front of the stands and is the longest presently run at the Festival.
Early history:-The inaugural running of the Goodwood Stakes was on Tuesday 12th August 1823 when the Duke of Richmond's Dandizette defeated Lord Egremont's Young Gohanna colt, although on the same card the Old Goodwood Club Stakes saw Lord Egremont’s Elfrid beat Mr C Day's Victorine.

Goodwood Stakes 1836 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 FELIX J Chapple 4-7st 8lbs Mr Houldsworth 15/1
2 ROADSTER T Lye aged-7st 13lbs Mr Rush 25/1
3 ROCKINGHAM W Macdonald 6-9st 12lbs Mr Theobald 2/1 fav
4 RUSH H Edwards 5-8st 12lbs Mr George Osbaldeston 7/1
5 KNOBSTICK Twitchet 4-8st 5lbs Mr Forth 15/1
6 PUSSY F Boyce 5-7st 12lbs Duke of Richmond 11/4
7 WHIMSICAL Bill Scott 5-7st 7lbs Lord Chesterfield 20/1
8 TAUNTONIAN Childs 4-7st 3lbs Mr Hussey 50/1
9 RUINOUS W Wheatley 4-6st 13lbs Mr W Smith 50/1
10 TIBER Sam Day 4-6st 12lbs Duke of Richmond 50/1
11 ALFRED S Rogers 3-6st 12lbs Lord Chesterfield 50/1
12 LADY ANNA F Buckle 3-6st 12lbs Mr Phillimore 15/1
13 SEPOY Howlett 3-6st 10lb Duke of Richmond 50/1
14 ARBACES J Cartwright 3-6st 0lb Lord Lichfield 50/1
15 TAGLIONI Arthur Pavis 3-6st 0lbs Mr Rush 50/1
16 OBERON P Conolly 3-5st 12lbs Mr J Finch 50/1
17 EMILIUS Filly John Day 3-5st 3lbs Mr Houldsworth 6/1
18 VANISH Filly A Lad 3-5st 2lbs Mr Houldsworth 50/1
This race took place on Thursday 28th July 1836 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 60 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 126%